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Boat & Engine Maintenance

These courses are designed for boat owners and potential boat owners who would like to learn about basic boat engine maintenance and the electrical systems on their vessels. It is ideal for all backgrounds, and will suit DIYers, and those wishing to develop their knowledge and skills.

What sessions of this course are upcoming?

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07/09/2019River Canal Rescue, Unit 11, Baswich Lane, Stafford, ST18 0YJ3
05/10/2019River Canal Rescue, Unit 11, Baswich Lane, Stafford, ST18 0YJ5
02/11/2019River Canal Rescue, Unit 11, Baswich Lane, Stafford, ST18 0YJ11

What site is the course held at?

All courses are now going to be held at RCRs Head Office, in Stafford ST18 0YJ. However we can arrange to run courses anywhere in the country:

Other courses will be arranged to meet extra demand. These courses can also be run at your boat club with substantial discounts please contact RCR for further details.

We have four engines, which ensures all attendees get hands on experience.

Who is this course for?

The courses are intended for owners of narrow beam boats, cruiser and yacht owners. These courses are designed for boat owners and potential boat owners who would like to know more about the specification and maintenance of marine diesel engines and boat services.

What qualifications do I need to get a place?

There are no formal entry requirements to gain access to this course.

What will I do on the course?

The course involves theory and some practical demonstration with participation. The topic areas covered include:

  • Diesel engines
  • Transmissions
  • Boat plumbing
  • Boat electrics
  • Lay up and refit procedures

Will extra study be required?

Extra study is not required on this course.

What specialist resources will I be able to use?

During the course you will work both in the classroom and visit the workshop.

Are there opportunities for work experience?

There is no specific work experience provision built into this course.

How will I be assessed?

There is no assessment or exams to pass. An RYA/RCR certificate will be issued on completion of the course.

Where will the course lead me?

You will be able to do the Personal Engine Maintenance Course

Other marine courses

Contact our office to find out more about the dates, location and costs of the courses.

Please note course information is subject to change. Please check details at time of enrollment.

Lunch can be included for an additional fee of £12 for the weekend.

What is the timetable for the course?

9.30 INTRODUCTION Tutor Course Outline
Requirements for reliability
General servicing
Clean & free air flow, clean oil, clean fuel, clean engine & bilges

PRACTICAL Bolt tightening and torque
11.00 Coffee
Lubrication system & changing oil filter x 2 types
Oil types & requirements
Air filters, types & location importance
Cold start devices e.g. glow plugs
Use of tools
Engine mounts & stern glandFUEL SYSTEM
Recognition of components, injector pump types & service, Injector
12.45 Lunch
Fuel systems (bleeding sessions)
Changing fuel filters
Air filter / oil Filter change
3.15 DRIVE SYSTEMS: Theory & Practical
Gearboxes, types, types of oil
Drive plate practical, where, failures
Couplings types, operation, failures
Morse controllers and control & cables, how to recognise when broken and how to change / adjust
5.00 Close
Air cooling
Water cooling thermostats
Pumps pressure caps
Raw water systems impellers, prime & bleeding, wet exhausts, weed filters
Header tanks & skin tanks, bleeding, flexible hoses
Heat exchangers
10.30 Coffee
ALTERNATOR BELTS: change & inspect, tension various types
Drive Belt Assessment/Adjustment
ELECTRICS (12/24 volt only)
Wiring size & volt drop, charging calcs, battery types & uses, DEMO battery testing
12.15 Lunch
1.15 PRACTICAL SESSION: Testing electrical system
Alternators & Starter fault finding
Checking volt drop and charging
2.45 Coffee
3.00 Summarise service requirements schedules
Domestic systems
Wash Up
4.30 Close

How much will this course cost?

This course costs £120.00, with an optional lunch for the duration of the course for £12.

Please note that cancellation charges do apply.